Recreational drones began life as a new, fun way to fly model aircraft. Radio-controlled airplanes fascinated early flyers simply from the ability to send a heavier-than-air flying machine skyward and conduct aerial maneuvers that tested the skills and imagination of the Earth-bound pilot. Cameras and photography came much, much later.

The current surge in interest in drones stems from several factors. First and foremost, while DJI produces high-end drones used for a mapping, surveying, and agriculture, it also has pioneered affordable prosumer aircraft (at around $2,000) as well as downright inexpensive ($1,000 or less) drones like the Mini 3 and Mini 3 Pro for enthusiasts and recreational flyers. Today, just about anyone who ...

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